Release Date May 29, 2012
Published by HarperCollins
Darkness Before Dawn #1
Source: Own (Won from another blogger)
For fans of: Dystopia, Vampires, Paranormal, Romance, YA
This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.
Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....
Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series. (From GoodReads)
I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I first received this.... (I'm not a big fan of vampires anymore because the whole idea of paranormal romance with vampires became a bit played out with me after Twilight.) But the cover was just so beautiful I HAD to give it a chance.
One thing I didn't like about it, is the plot is extremely predictable. I knew the twist that was coming as soon as the character involving it was introduced. (Spoiler.... To see it, highlight it!) I also knew some other things as they popped up in the story. It was like reading something I had already read before. I also didn't like Dawn. She was just annoying me. I was rooting for Victor from the beginning and she kept pushing him away. It just annoyed me.
What I did like though, was the writing style. I felt like I was catapulted into Dawn's world. And for the details to be so vivid, the world was so dark and my imagination had a field day seeing things from Dawn and her friend's POV. Especially Valentine manor and the first meeting they had. I saw steampunk meets vampires meets dystopia, and it was so intriguing.
But overall, the book was a good read. It made my view on vampires more open again and for that I am definitely grateful.
Overall, I give this